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Recruiting for Production Editor

Journal of Southern African Studies

28 February 2023

About the role

The Editorial Board of JSAS seeks a self-employed Production Editor or Editors to work as part of an established team, preferably someone who is available to start in February or March 2023. The contract is part-time, totalling two days a week, for 48 weeks of the year. The PE or PEs will work with the Editorial Team and the publisher (Taylor and Francis) to prepare articles for publication. The journal publishes 6 issues a year of 10 articles each, plus book reviews and editorials, but papers appear individually online as they become ready, before the compilation into issues.

The PE(s) will be invited to all JSAS Editorial Board meetings, will be expected to attend a minimum of one meeting a year (normally the first), be counted as a normal member of the Board, and will be expected to deliver a report for each meeting whether or not they attend in person.

The Production Editor or Editors are responsible for:

  1. Undertaking a full and formal copy-edit of each manuscript accepted for publication in liaison with the lead editor of the issue, which will:
    • ensure that the manuscript follows JSAS house style, in particular concerning footnotes and referencing, and correct minor incidences. However, as primary responsibility for following house style lies with authors, some papers may need referring back to the handling editor or the author at this stage (see 2 (a));
    • correct or highlight any lack of clarity/sense in the text, raising queries with the author(s) as appropriate and ensuring that the piece reads well;
    • ensure that the article is not offensive/discriminatory in language;
    • ensure that tables and diagrams, where included, are in a format that can be dealt with by the publishers; this also means ensuring that authors send their tables and photos in a suitable high-resolution format, even when they are included in the text;
    • give specially close attention to articles whose authors are not native English speakers;
    • draw the attention of handling editors and/or the publishers’ Production Editor to any text that needs to be checked by the T&F legal expert, and ensure that any issues raised are dealt with satisfactorily;
    • prepare articles for typesetting by the publishers, with all relevant information included in an appropriate format.
  1. Liaising with authors regarding:
    • clarity of their text and avoidance of potential ambiguity;
    • adherence to JSAS house style, in particular concerning footnotes and referencing (referring them where necessary to the latest updating of the JSAS notes for contributors);
    • permissions for reproduction of illustrations, figures and photographs, as appropriate (although responsibility for obtaining these lies with authors);
    • any additional information required and as requested by the editors;
  1. Liaising with the current issue’s lead editor, regarding further oversight of articles by them, drawing attention to any issues requiring the editor’s attention, and supporting them in various aspects of the production side of the journal.
  1. Liaising with handling editors to ensure they are kept informed of key developments.
  1. Liaising with the JSAS fact-checker and implementing corrections and clarifications.
  1. Liaising with the publishers in submitting articles in a timely fashion.
  1. Liaising with the authors regarding their page proofs, and liaising with the publishers on the basis of the authors’ and proofreaders’ corrections, until a revised proof can be signed off and authorised for publication. Liaising further with the publishers in checking the page proofs of each issue of the journal, liaising during these processes with Editorial Team members as necessary, and signing off the issue for publication once all corrections have been satisfactorily made, ensuring that the journal meets its publication deadlines.
  1. Liaising with the other production editor to ensure consistent practice, contributing as necessary to maintaining the journal’s house style in liaison with the publishers, ensuring that any major changes are approved by the Editorial Team.

About the journal

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Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) is an international publication for work of high academic quality on issues of interest and concern in the region of Southern Africa. It aims to generate fresh scholarly research in the fields of history, economics, sociology, demography, social anthropology, geography, development studies, administration, law, political science, political economy, international relations, literature, cultural studies, and the natural sciences in so far as they relate to the human condition. It periodically organises and supports conferences to this end, sometimes in the region. It seeks to encourage inter-disciplinary analysis, strong comparative perspectives and original research that reflects new theoretical or methodological approaches. An active international advisory board with strong Southern African representation demonstrates our close ties with scholars there and our commitment to promoting research in the region.

The region covered embraces South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique; and occasionally, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Journal of Southern African Studies publishes original research articles, review articles and book reviews.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Ready to apply? Here are the skills and attributes that the JSAS Editorial Board are looking for in a successful applicant:

  • Experience with copyediting, ideally of an academic nature
  • A familiarity with places and names of Southern Africa
  • The ability to confidently communicate with, and support, the JSAS Editorial Board and handling Editors
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors
  • A commitment to engaging promptly and efficiently with Taylor & Francis staff
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigour
  • The capacity to devote two days per week to the role, for 48 weeks of the year
  • The capacity to attend at least one JSAS Editorial Board meeting each year
  • The ability to deliver a detailed report for each of the four Editorial Board meetings held each year

Application Instructions

The JSAS Editorial Board are looking for someone to start in the role as soon as possible, preferably in February or March.

Please submit your CV and cover letter via the 'Apply' button below.


The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.

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